We had the good fortune of connecting with Onaje Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Onaje, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
In the beginning my work life balance was non existent. I thought it would be a piece of cake to take on everything at one time without a time agenda. That’s when life became stressful. I was trying to balance my 9-5 gig , a long with business endeavors and a social life without any type of time management. Unfortunately when your work life balance is off, it reflects in your business. So of course anything that affects your money had to be rectified. Once I started to fully prioritize my time and sketch my days out ahead of time , the load began to lighten because things were put into perspective. All the spectrums of my life from business to social could flow freely because I would think about the importance of keeping them balanced and achieving my goals . I started not only prioritizing my time, but maximizing it. Starting my days early with meditation and planning. Writing every important task I needed to complete and dedicated time blocks. Achieving work life balance is possible, people do it everyday, but it’s far from easy. Nonetheless Proper preparation perfects performance. Balance helps to keep the mind at ease. It’s pivotal that Entrepreneurs and Business owners understand that if your mental state is in shambles and clouded with stress, it only hinders your success. A sound mind creates a sound business
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Aside from being an entrepreneur, I’m an upcoming Wardrobe Stylist. I think I started on the route that most stylists begin, getting my start in retail. From there networking, volunteering, researching and watching what successful stylists did to perfect their craft. In a city where it’s flooded with creative individuals, it’s easy to be overlooked and the reality is that sometimes Fashion won’t pay the bills, especially in the beginning but you can never stop believing. I truly believe that timing is everything and with persistence and drive , you can create a lane for yourself and really become successful. Nothing is easy in this life, but it’s the human way to appreciate what you we fight for. Through the sacrifices and disappointments, I can honestly say that I’m at a point where I’m starting to get the opportunities I’m deserving of and I will keep continue to push for them and other stylists as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta is RA Sushi. I would have to bring my friend there to dine and have drinks. We would have to visit the Panola Shoals Trail in Lithonia. It’s a hidden gem with a beautiful view of the South River. Little 5 Points , The High Museum of Art and Piedmont Park would also be places we would have to visit as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My tribe , from my mom , close friends, colleagues and clients/customers I’ve been blessed to always be put into rooms where people poured into me. My tribe as a whole has always Inspired and poured into me from the beginning. It’s those time where the load can get heavy, but that text , that repost , that hug letting you know it will be okay makes it all worth it.
Etanya Lucas MUA : Cherie Cook Wardrobe : Naj Taylor | The Wardrobe Connect Styled by : @najthegodson | @thewardrobeconnect Creative Director | MUA : Marquis Ward Hair : @chaised_ Muse : Cora Lynn Photographer Mel Elder @OfficialRocky MUA Demario Ward Hair : Blyel Harris Wardrobe : The Wardrobe Connect